October 6, 2010
As a current member of the media, former sports scribe and current sports fan, I can honestly say from all three perspectives I hate Bill Belichick. But I willingly give the man respect as a football coach, tactician and builder of a winning organization. As a Redskins fan I wish we had him. You see Bill has taken a crummy team, revived it with talent, rode that talent as far as he could and collected plenty of trophies. But that isn't what makes him great. The fact that he has the guts to cut loose veteran players who have helped him win in order to replenish the organization with talent that will allow it to remain successful. The most recent example of this is the trade of Randy Moss. The Pats acquired Moss in 2007 from the Raiders for a 4th round pick. This week the Pats sent Moss, 33, disgruntled and in the final year of his contract, to the Minnesota Vikings for a 3rd rounder. No doubt, in the short term the Pats will miss the future Hall of Famer and his ability to help the Pats win. But there is also no doubt that his team will be better for years to come.